Their Satanic Majesties Request – Rolling Stones (1967)

Their Satanic Majesties Request is the sixth British and eighth American studio album by the Rolling Stones, released in December 1967 by Decca Records in the United Kingdom and London Records in the United States. Recording sessions saw the band experimenting widely with a psychedelic sound in the studio, incorporating elements such as unconventional instruments, sound effects, string arrangements, and African rhythms. The album’s title is a play on the ‘Her Britannic Majesty requests and requires …’ text that appears inside a British passport. It is the first Stones album to feature the same track listings in both its UK and US versions. Upon its release, Satanic Majesties received mixed reactions from critics and members of the group itself. The album was criticised as being derivative of the contemporaneous work of the Beatles, particularly their June 1967 release Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, with the similarities extending to the LP’s lenticular cover. In subsequent decades, however, it has gradually risen in critical reputation. Following the album’s release, the Rolling Stones abandoned their psychedelic style for a stripped-down return to their roots in blues music. … The Stones experimented with many new instruments and sound effects during the sessions, including Mellotron, theremin, short wave radio static, and string arrangements by John Paul Jones. Their producer and manager Andrew Loog Oldham, already fed up with the band’s lack of focus, distanced himself from them following their drug bust and finally quit, leaving them without a producer. … Satanic Majesties has gradually risen in critical estimations since its release. In a retrospective 1977 review, Robert Christgau of the Village Voice stated that the album ‘no doubt contains several great songs’ despite negative reception from some. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Pitchfork wrote that ‘Perhaps psychedelia wasn’t a natural fit for the earthbound Stones, but the dissonance between their gritty rhythms and ornate, precocious arrangements is enthralling, not in the least because there’s no other record—by the Stones or anybody else—that sounds quite like this.’ …”
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